Nice Matin

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"Nice Matin, named after the largest daily newspaper in the South of France, gives the Upper West Side a splash of Provençal sunshine and a heady introduction to the cuisine of Nice, home of the pissaladière, pan bagnat and, if we are to believe the menu, a whopping big burger topped with comté cheese, smeared with aioli and served with a heap of rosemary-flecked fries. It's the best thing to happen to a hamburger since Daniel Boulud worked foie gras and short ribs into an all-beef patty. The pleasure is all on the plate, and it carries right through to the desserts.", William Grimes - NY Times.
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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The best lamb ragu with pasta I have ever had!

SM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The duck was a little more fatty than I would have liked and it was very hard to cut. I’ve been there many times and the food and ambiance is overall very good.

d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 1

I ordered Skakshuka. What I got was a bland dish if eggs poached in a bland tomato sauce. Shakshuka is ALWAYS spicy and is ALWAYS served with pita. Inform you chef.
Additionally, I had specifically asked for a quiet table. I and my companioznswere seated at a NOISY table right in the middle of the floor. Disappointing, to say the least.
Also, consider putting a bread BASKET on the table instead of doling out a single slice of bread per person. Additionally, who on Earth puts a blob of butter into a dish of olive oil??? Butter is butter and olive oil is olive oil; why would you put them together??

UC
San Francisco
182 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I mistakenly wrote about our breakfast experience in the wrong review, so now I'm writing about our dinners at Nice Matin. Staying at the Lucerne Hotel next door, we ate here frequently and were always pleased with the dinner experience. There were enough entrees to please everyone in our party, and the service was friendly and attentive. We especially liked the salmon, chicken and rabbit, as well as several of the salads. The soup and appetizers did not turn out as well, but were OK. And the chocolate mousse was everyone's favorite dessert here.

UC
San Francisco
183 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We stayed at the Lucerne Hotel and had breakfast here 4 mornings. Three of those four experiences were very good, with good food and service. The other breakfast experience was marred by a sullen and neglectful waiter, who forgot part of our order, did not refill coffee or water, and generally ignored us. Fortunately he was not there the next three days. Our favorites were the oatmeal (with fruit & yogurt) and the delicious scrambled eggs with lox, and a dollop of creme fraiche sprinkled with chives.

ML
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a wonderful meal at Nice Matin. The food is truly delicious and, as always, service exceptional.

JP
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely early dinner here outside before heading to the Beacon Theatre. The waiter knew we didn’t have a lot of time and served us promptly. The food and wine were very nice. Would definitely go back.

s
New York Area
256 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Sunday brunch was very mediocre and the service is very poor

r
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Love your mules frites!. Too bad we were seated next to someone who didn't have an "indoor voice."
Ill be back though.

P
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Burger ordered rare but served well done.

G
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very happy to have found this neighborhood gem!
Food and service were excellent!
Staff is extremely accommodating!
We will return!

MM
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on our way to Central Park for an outdoor event. I had been there a few days before and had something to eat eat that was not good. We decided to eat before the event and this was nearby. The food was delicious! I rarely ever go out for brunch and I enjoyed this SO much. So did my friend. The wine was very good quality as well. We actually stopped back at the restaurant for a night cap on our way home from Central Park. The bartender was very nice. We told him it was the second time we had been there in one day. He got a kick out of hearing that! I highly recommend this place for classical French food. I will definitely go back there when I am in the area. It was outstanding.

DD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always elegant and charming, Nice Matin is my most favorite UWS cafe/restaurant

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Did not have signature dish( mussels)

SS
New York Area
112 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just the place to have brunch on a Sunday afternoon. I could not finish my omelette! Nice atmosphere..

Z
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had the ravioli nissardi - the braised beef with the two sauces. Yummy. The chicken paillard was heavy with char from the grille, and had too many onions in it. Service was fine.

s
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service always consistently good!

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Unusual experience ordering steak . Overcooked twice . Never happened before even once in 15 years of patronage. I think the waitress was not listening

BB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Excellent service. Can't wait to go again!

MY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food , specificly duck liver mousse. Excellent service. Little to noise on summer time due to open doors.

p
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. Our waiter of very knowledgeable and attentive. Each meal came out perfectly and we had a lovely booth giving us a chance to talk and hear each other. We will be back.
Thanks.

S
New York Area
157 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good with attentive service. Wonderful gluten free menu however they now charge $1.00 a slice for gluten free bread. Seems kind of ridiculous. Chocolate mousse dessert is in itself worth the visit

P
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Not sure why this place has such high ratings. The food portions were scant ( particularly the crab Cobb salad), service was spotty and ambiance left much to be desired.
No return visit for us!

E
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Altogether good, very recommendable. We found the noise level interfered with conversation which at brunch was a bit overwhelming. Brunch delicious and beautifully served.

G
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

This was a disappointing visit to Nice Matin, chiefly due to the erratic service. Example: After not receiving the customary bread and butter by the time my first course arrived, I asked for it. After a delay, a server brought a single slice of cold bread, telling me he’d be back with butter. The butter never arrived. The folks at the adjacent table had better luck, receiving a basket of bread with butter, after placing their order.

MM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy dining at the Nice Matin when we visit New York City. It's a great location and the restaurant has a light, upbeat ambiance. The waiters are always very friendly, efficient and professional. The food is great.

s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently good food and service!

CC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Elizabeth was wonderful and took the extra time to make sure the dish we wanted to order could accommodate the various food allergies of a member of our party. The food was delicious and very promptly delivered to our table. Thank you for making our first meal in New York a nice experience.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was polite but indifferent
Had to ask twice for water refill
After a wait, had to ask another waiter to find our waiter to bring dessert menu

j
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I often lunch at Nice Matin . Great atmosphere and service... food consistently good and this last time I ordered a salad that had a dressing that was spicy, I asked them to please redo the salad with plain oil and vinegar and they didn’t hesitate... they were extremely accommodating. That’s just another reason why I love Nice Matin . They are very customer oriented and aim to please.
I recommend it highly!

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. My wife and I have been visiting for many years and still feels great to visit.

AH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ate outside which was very pleasant. The noise level was moderate because of that. Nice Matin has an outstanding wine list and a good selection of typical bistro favorites but well done.

S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As soon as we sat down the light were dimmed so low I needed a flashlight to read the menu. Food was very good but it was so dark I couldn’t see the food

RW
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside on a beautiful Friday night and really enjoyed despite the construction going on. Very well run restaurant.

U
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really love this place, but warning Amsterdam Avenue is busy and noisy during the day, we should have sat at an indoor table, though it was such a beautiful day when were there.

CW
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This was my third attempt with Nice Matin. The food consistently underperforms. The steak frites was tough. The octopus was slimy. The endive salad simply tasted weird. I'm sorry to report that despite it's great wine list, the quality of the food doesn't cut it. Also, our server was in the weeds all night.

V
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Nice Matin is a terrific restaurant. At weekend brunch, it is too noisy and hectic for my taste, and the service suffers, but for breakfast, lunch, a late dinner, or just a drink at the bar, it is one of my favorite places on the Upper West Side.

LP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside. Perfect when the weather cooperates

BW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Nice Matin and it's "taste of provence" reputation were perfect for me and my guests.

Sadlly, it was nothing more than an breakfast/brunch diner. One guest and I had the chopped salad w/shrimp. The salad was very finely chopped and had little of any variety . The shrimp were all curled up and neither attractive to look at or eat.


The bread and rolls were fine, the coffee fine and the birthday creme brulee with fruit was both attractive and good.

The dinner menu may have more attractive choices, but , based on this experience, I cannot recommend nor nor wood I choose Nice Matrin again


Kindest personal regrets

JS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for a brunch on the Upper West Side to hang out with friends or family.

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